If you are like many of us winter thrill seekers, freshly fallen powder is an open invitation for snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is an exhilarating and enjoyable sport. In some cases, a day out on the trail can turn dangerous. In order to prevent injuries and have a great day out in the snow, here are some tips for preventing snowmobile (snowmachine) injury.
Preventing Snowmobile Injuries
Know your machine: Whether you are an avid rider or weekend warrior, always become familiar with the snowmobile you ride. Read your manual and preform safety checks before each ride.
Mind local regulations: Snowmobile operating regulations can vary, but all are put in place to help you avoid a dangerous situation. Be sure to check the riding regulations in your area.
Check your gear: Always check your gear for wear and tear before a ride. If your helmet or gloves don't seem up to par, it is better to replace them before your excursion than incur injury due to inadequate equipment.
Take your tool kit/First Aid kit: Always carry a small tool kit with the essentials such as an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, and tape. A First Aid kit can get you out of a jam long enough to make it back to civilization and to the hospital if need be.
Watch the weather: Never ride at night, the inability to see or for others to see you is extremely dangerous. In addition, always check the weather report before you head out; a winter storm can creep up before you know it and catch you off guard.
Know the terrain: Map your route and always keep an eye out for trail obstructions like rocks or fallen tree limbs.
Stay sober: Save the drinking for after your ride, when you are home nice and cozy by the fire.
At Power and Brown we understand a day of fun can sometimes result in devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a snowmobiling incident, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you secure compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress.